All reader reviews by Patsy S
Tasty food but small portions.
Came to £136 including a tip for four starters, four pasta dishes, two desserts, two bottles of wine and a coffee.
the prices may be set to make it popular but the portion sizes are disappointing. Would be better to charge over £4 for the Tuscan beans, which are delicious and provide more than three teaspoons worth in quantity. Four tiny winglets for £3.75 is too much no matter how tasty they are. The calamari was good but scant. The wild mushroom arancini was the only thing priced about right out of the starters.
We all had the pasta special so cannot compare with other dishes. Again, the portions could have been bigger. I did see the spaghetti Bolognaise on another table, which did look a decent size. That was cheaper than our special.
The slice of tart was tiny. Again - a bigger slice for a slightly higher charge would work better.
Wine was reasonably priced, the service was fine and the place was almost full. not sure how much of this is repeat business though.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 4
Chilli crab pasta is a hit but wood pigeon was a miss - totally under done. They did offer another meal but my dinner companion was half way through his so I ate what I could and we were given a glass of wine each afterwards.
The menu is not extensive so the wood pigeon episode is a concern.
Reading through the reviews, I think the service has improved. It was a busy Friday and the staff were on the go the whole time.
I will go back but will be careful what I choose or test everything straightaway.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7
We had the the Prix Fixe as we were a group of 8. Good value for £15. I can recommend the melange de poisson as well as the creamy spinach. Wine can be pricey here but there cheaper ones are still good quality. We paid £30 each for two courses and drinks.
One slightly erksome aspect is that they keep filling your glasses and then ask if you want another bottle straightaway. Suggest you nip that in the bud like we did.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7
Very busy so best book in advance and if you are given a time to vacate, they will probably need your table. That said, they will try to accommodate you as far as they can. Monday and Tuesdays tend to be quieter nights.
Try the chicken parfait with toasted brioche to start and damson and slow gin ice cream as a dessert. Any of the mains are worth having.
The wine list is extensive and you can have a decent white for £32. You are likely to pay in the region of £50 - 60 for the three courses.
The serving staff are on the go all night and occassionally, you are at the mercy of the kitchen so can be waiting a length of time between courses. We were fine but the next table had about 45 minutes between starter and main. It was a Friday night and we came in just before it filled up completely.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Ours was a party of six on Fri 11Jan, which was booked a couple of weeks in advance with no issue but that said, the restaurant was busy.
Pre-dinner drinks can take an age and this could be slicker. The restaurant wants you seated but you want to finish your fruit cups etc first.
Steaks are worth having and so is the marrow although under order this as it is very rich and you will still receive enough. You do eat a lot here. we had potted beef, crab on toast and roasted scallops. All good. The mains were all enjoyable steaks of various types. I enjoyed my perfectly done ribeye with the field mushrooms. The wines are what you pay for so suggest you go up the price list and drink less. Service is spot on.
If you are getting to a certain age, bring your specs as it is a bit on the dark side so harder to see the menu.
It is pricey but the food is enjoyable, it has a buzz and is popular. I'd go again.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
Set pre-theatre dinner of £50 is a good choice. Food (three choices) is exquisite though the hot food is not very warm. Service is spot on and the dining room is a sight to behold.
Drink is expensive. £21 for a glass of the Louis Roderer NV. Keep in mind that the wine will be around £10 more expensive than elsewhere. Nevertheless, it is an ideal venue for a celebration.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6
Very good place to go but it will cost you. Rightly so as the food is delicious and very well executed.
The service was fine - no problems there. It was not that busy so if it was, you may feel a bit cramped.
Between the four of us we had tempura soft shell crab, carpaccio of beef and fois gras to start. We still cannot agree which was the best (though I say mine was).
For mains, we had rump of lamb, guinea fowl, and two had rare fillet steak. Again, all packed with flavour.
The chocolate fondant was the clear winner for the dessert. If that is the choice on the a la carte, I suggest you go for it.
The tasting menus look interesting too. One of them may be our choice on the next visit.
The wine list is varied in price. The drinks will determine what you ultimately pay and with the food this good, I would not scrimp. Difficult to say what to expect to pay as there were four of us and we do like our wine.
With a couple of drinks and a good bottle of wine, I think you should bank on £150 a couple.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9
Like the rest of Marylebone, the restaurant was busy (Friday night in October). Three of us had the venison brescola and one had the veal carpaccio. Both very good. The two enjoyed the veal chop and were happy at the price. My poussin was spot on but is it expensive at £16? The one who had the pizza special raved about it. Vegetables/salad are extra but plentiful. For a three course meal with three starter drinks and three bottles of reasonable wines (1 x Vernaccia, 2 x Barbera), it worked out to roughly £60 each between the four of us.
We were asked to vacate the table but that was when we were down to the tap water. We were promised a glass of limoncello but the bar upstairs was rammed. Service was adequate considering it was so busy.
It is popular and trendy but worth a visit and you can eat cheaper.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7
Did well with our party of nine on a busy Saturday evening. Had to eat off the party menu but this was very good. The party starter bites were tasty and enough for us. The chicken for my fajita was tender (not chewy as often is in themed places). Apparently the sirloin is worth having too.
Margueritas are made from scratch and very good.
Wine is sensibly priced - a reasonable white for £16 and red for £18.
We payed £33 each. Good place for a group.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7
Food is good and it is usually busy so it is best to to book. The staff are friendly but very inefficient when it is busy. I am not sure the kitchen can really cope with a full restaurant. Sat at 2010 and left at 2300 and this was on a Tuesday night. None of it was down to us. Check the bill as it is invariably wrong. This time we were charged for two extra set menus. Sometimes they miss off drinks. Gravalax, peri peri chicken and Belgian chocolate pudding is worth having from the set menu. If you want a steak, it is best to look beyond the set. The Rioja is a good choice for less than £20.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Food 8 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7
As there was 8 of us, we chose 4 gold and 4 silver set menus at £29 and 23 respectively. The food was fresh and well seasoned though I thought a bit too heavyhanded with the fish sauce. The service was quick but not very thoughful. All the meat dishes were put on one end and the seafood ones on the other. Although there was enough food, they only dished out one heaped spoon of rice. When a new bottle of wine was brought out, the ones with the empty glasses were missed out. This happened several times. The waiting staff seemed rushed and there was a lot of leaning over to retrieve plates. It is certainly busy and very noisy so not somewhere to go for an intimate meal.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Food 7 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4
The no choice menu has gone but there is still a "Sally's Choice" which we went for. Food is fresh and expertly cooked. Service is spot on. Wine list has a good range. £175 for 1 x 3 course, 1 x 4 course, champagne to start, a bottle and half of wine.
Always worth a visit.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Back again on a very busy thursday evening in January. Food was excellent but service was patchy. Long wait between starter and main but that could be because of a big party in the adjoining room. A bit pushy with the drinks.
It is still worth going for the food.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7
Food and service cannot be faulted even though there was a large party downstairs. There was a slight problem with the main (it was luke warm) but this was recified straightaway. It is lovely to have the freshest of vegetables in mid January. The lamb was exquisite. I always love the chice of cheese. I have never had a problem with the no-choice menu here.
A bit pricey but worth it.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8